Considering a Hybrid? Here’s Why You Should Consider the Pacifica Hybrid

Imagine if you only had to fill up your gas tank a few times a month? Depending on your daily commute it might be possible with a plug-in hybrid or EV (electric vehicle). The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid might be a contender.

In 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid became the world’s first plug-in hybrid-electric minivan. In 2018  Laurie Jennings, Deputy Editor & Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute, named the Pacifica Hybrid “America’s first-ever and only hybrid minivan, a one-of-a-kind, no compromise family vehicle”. In just two years it’s had a few awards, the latest being named the 2019 Family Car of the Year by


The Pacifica Hybrid has four complete sets of LATCH connections, two are on the second-row seats, and the other two are on the outboard third-row seats. The Pacifica Hybrid is built for families but is not limited to those who have children on the younger side. Storage inside the Pacifica includes cubbies, nooks, and out-of-sight compartments. As for space, the Pacifica Hybrid doesn’t sacrifice much interior volume on account of it being a plug-in hybrid and many plug-in hybrid cars, for instance, have smaller trunks because their battery packs protrude into those spaces. The only lost space is the Stow ‘n Go storage in the second row which was used for the location of the batteries.    

The third row still maintains its Stow ‘n Go feature allowing the seats to fold away completely into the floor. The large screen in the center stack, which features the controls for navigation, heating, ventilation, cooling, and entertainment, as well as FCA’s Uconnect system, is easy to read even on the go and easy to use. Over time, the Pacifica, with care, should hold up.      


The Pacifica Hybrid offers more fuel economy thanks to its 3.6-liter hybrid V-6. two electric motors, and a high-voltage battery pack. The engine is paired with an electrically variable transmission that combines the power of two electric motors for EV-only driving and dual-mode hybrid operation. Altogether, Chrysler lists total system output as “around 260 horsepower,” which is considerably less than the 286 horsepower made by the gas engine in standard Pacificas.

As mentioned, the suspension is on the firm side, probably to keep that extra weight in check. While it doesn’t create the cushiest ride, it does make the Pacifica Hybrid a surprisingly competent handler. The stiffer suspension, combined with a much lower center of gravity thanks to the batteries’ placement underneath the floor, keeps this minivan from feeling tippy in turns and imparts a high degree of confidence in corners.   


Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems are both standards on all trim levels, as are rear parking sensors with automatic braking. All of the Pacifica Hybrid’s remaining optional safety equipment is collected in the Advanced SafetyTec Group, a 360-degree surround-view camera system. Forward collision warning with emergency automatic braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, a park-assist system that works for both parallel and perpendicular parking, and automatic high-beam headlights.     


Chrysler’s UConnect infotainment has an 8.4-inch touchscreen and paired with an equally impressive 7.0-inch screen for the gauges and information display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included, as is a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, active noise canceling, and an optional 20-speaker Harman Kardon stereo.  

There are two 10-inch HD touchscreens mounted on the backs of the front seats, which are connected to a built-in Blu-Ray player and also feature HDMI ports. They run an operating system with both apps and games for kids to play with. The system can even wirelessly stream video from certain devices (though it’s not available in Apple devices).


The 2019 Pacifica Hybrid has an MSRP of $39,995 (plus destination fee).  

You can search our inventory of Pacifica Hybrid at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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35th Anniversary of Chrysler Minivan’s Family-Hauling

By no means did Chrysler invent the minivan but with 35 years in the market, it sure did popularize it. In 1984 they launched the original Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan creating the minivan segment we know today. To commemorate the birthday of the modern minivan, Chrysler rolled out two special-edition versions of its current vans at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show (February 9th- February 18th).


The Anniversary Editions will be offered in hybrid and non-hybrid versions. The Pacifica Hybrid will be available as the 35th Anniversary Edition on Touring L and Limited trim levels. The versions: Touring L, Touring L Plus and Limited trim levels will have the 35th Anniversary badge displayed on the outside. It will also have liquid chrome Chrysler wing badges and gloss black trim on the front fascia and rear liftgate. Fascia often refers to the decorative panels of the car’s dashboard, or the dashboard assembly.     


With the Anniversary Edition, customers will have the option to purchase an optional S Appearance package which adds a black grille, headlight accents, rear valance molding, badges and wheels to the exterior. The inside will have a sleek black interior and Cranberry Wine accent stitching on the Nappa leather seats, steering wheel, and door panels. The 35th Anniversary logo will also be embroidered into the front floor mats.         

But there is more with this edition. Chrysler can throw in some extra equipment, such as 20-inch wheels on the Pacifica Limited. There are also 10 different paint options available to choose from.   


The customer can customize the vehicle to their needs. Here’s what else is featured in the Anniversary models.

35th Anniversary Pacifica models feature:

Touring L: Memory driver’s seat, eight-passenger seating, Mopar overhead DVD, 18-inch wheels.

Touring L Plus: Memory driver’s seat, eight-passenger seating, and a dual-pane sunroof.

Limited: 20-inch wheels.

35th Anniversary Pacifica Hybrid models feature:

Hybrid Touring L: Premium Audio Group with 13 Alpine speakers, Uconnect 4C Nav with 8.4-inch display, 17-inch wheels.   

Hybrid Limited: 18-inch wheels.


Not to worry, Dodge still sells the Grand Caravan; even though the company previously that it was going to eventually be phased out by the Pacifica. It took will get a 35th Anniversary Edition, with a special fender badge, 17-inch wheels, and a shinier grille on the outside, with a black upholstery with Cranberry Wine stitching and embroidered floor mats on the inside. It’s offered for SE and SXT trims and will presumably be significantly cheaper than the Pacifica.      


The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica 35th Anniversary Edition will go on sale this summer. As of yet, there is no price available but you can expect a drastic price increase of the regular models. As a reference, the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L begins at $37,790 (plus a destination fee) while the full-zoot Limited starts at $45,940 (plus a destination fee).   

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The Chrysler 300 May Not Be Dead After All

2015 Chrysler 300S

Fiat Chrysler 300 is still selling and will continue to sell, contrary to popular beliefs. It was said the Chrysler 300 was getting the chopper in 2020, according to but the head of FCA passenger, Steve Beahm, says that’s not true.     

Even if there were some hesitation regarding if it will be discontinued or not, FCA is not giving up on it just yet. “I can’t deny that there has been a trend of fewer passenger cars across the industry,” Beahm admitted to “I think that our company saw that, maybe quicker than some others. And we made steps or changes within the company to deal with that. What we decided was that once that happened, our job was to [ask,] ‘How do we differentiate within the brands that are going to remain passenger-car brands?’”.

What Beahm believes to be the key to the success of the Chrysler 300 is its distinctive design. Their design is what makes them stand apart from their rivals. The 300 offers a more restrained, subtle look in keeping with its more upscale image.    

Sure, they’ve thought about doing changes to the vehicle, see what could possibly work. The original plan was to replace the existing 300 with a new sedan underpinned by the front-wheel-drive platform of the Chrysler Pacifica, but Beahm admitted this wouldn’t be a good idea. Cross our fingers that it means it is getting a major revamp next year instead.


As previously reported, the Chrysler 300 was getting the ax in 2020 but what was supposed to be on its place? Chrysler was not going to offer a new sedan, but instead, it was going to introduce an electric minivan called the portal, a production version of a previous concept with the same name. This production version was first introduced during the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

According to Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne, the Portal will act as the brand’s fifth generation of cars. At the show, the automaker wouldn’t discuss whether the Portal will go into production based on what was seen at the 2017 NAIAS, but it’s still a possibility for 2020. Since the Portal is based on the current Pacifica minivan, an alternative electric minivan released under a different name with a design and powertrain inspired by the Portal Concept.


Like it was previously mentioned, FCA is not saying goodbye to the Chrysler 300. Beahm assured that in terms of sales “it’s doing great.” “We like where it’s positioned; it provides great value. It’s a lot of car for the money.”


The 300 has two engines to choose from for the 2019 model: a 292-horsepower V6 (300 horsepower in the 300S model) or a 363-horsepower V8. Both engines move the car well, and the base V6 has ample power for most drivers. The Chrysler sedan gets 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with its V6 engine.    


The 2019 Chrysler 300 MSRP has a starting price of $29,220 (plus destination fee).

There will be no point in overhauling the Challenger and Charger when simply updating the Challenger and Charger platform will suffice for the next generation. “I’m going to use a bad phrase here, maybe. It’s like fine wine, it keeps getting better with time,” Beahm said when discussing the current platform. Here is to second chances on old favorites.     

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How Two Companies Joined Forces to Make Wheelchair Vehicles Accessible

Wheelchair users have a reason to rejoice at a re-design of an old favorite. FCA introduced the upfitted Chrysler Pacifica minivan, with the company BraunAbility, at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

According to a news release, in 2019, there are now 25 (more) vehicles available to be modified with adaptive equipment in the FCA U.S. Automobility Program. That is good news for customers who are in need of a new vehicle. Wheelchair users will have easier access to get in and out of vehicles with ample space for accommodating families and friends, as well.   

As head of passenger cars for FCA North America, Tim Kuniskis said in a release, this vehicle will allow FCA customers to gain the freedom to stay active.   

“We all know someone with a physical disability who needs help getting to the places and events that matter most to them.”

BraunAbility, an American manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vans and wheelchair lifts, was founded in 1963 by Ralph Braun, who had spinal muscular atrophy. When it came to the design, BraunAbility sourced its customized components from the same Tier One supplier as do major OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer), including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and these modified vehicles are held to the same safety standard as the vehicles on which they are based, including crash tests.  

Building these heavily customized vans required reimagining them completely. BraunAbility engineered an entirely new, high-strength steel subfloor to make a significantly lowered floor possible. The rear suspension is redesigned, as well, to compensate for the lowered floor and raised height. The raised ride height is disguised somewhat by body extensions surrounding the van, which integrate steps for front seat access.   

“The most spacious wheelchair-accessible vehicle in the industry, the BraunAbility Chrysler Pacifica features patent-pending AccessAbility technology, including an aerospace-inspired sliding door extension and the industry’s widest side-entry ramp, with rear-axle space innovations and cantilevered seat bases that expand interior cabin space, maximizing space for obstruction-free maneuverability for all sizes and types of wheelchairs,” according to a news release from the company.   

But the minivan wasn’t only designed for parents with kids of special needs. It was also designed with adults who have a disability but can still drive. Devices included are hand controls and left foot accelerators. The modifications in the vehicles were designed specifically to ensure a safer and more secure ride for driver and passengers.

Included in the Chrysler Pacifica upfitted are lifts, hoists, and carriers. Whether it’s scooter hoists, rear or side wheelchair lifts or outside wheelchair carriers, customers will find equipment that will fit them, their vehicle and their lifestyle. Running boards, which are designed for the safety and secure stepping space and improved traction, getting in and out of vehicles will be much easier.

Not every disability requires a customized vehicle, but the upfitted Chrysler Pacifica has become an ideal solution for those who are in need of a vehicle. One in five Americans lives with some sort of disability, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, including 3.8 million veterans.   

FCA also noted that the companies are partnering on an effort to promote Canine Companions for Independence, which trains and provides assistance dogs for people with a variety of special needs at six sites around the country.


The starting MSRP is $29,900 (plus destination fee). Seems like a small price to pay for the comfort and peace of mind that it will bring to parents and someone with a disability.  

“For Chrysler, there has always been an importance in showcasing and providing mobility solutions for people with disabilities: that is why we are the leader in this are,” said Clair Carroll with Chrysler Product Communications. “Also, it allows us to demonstrate what makes the Pacifica such a great vehicle, with its ability to provide the best solution and functionality for whatever the consumers’ need is.”

Chrysler Pacifica has also gone eco-friendly with their upfitted vans. With many transportation solutions still relying on heavy large vehicles that consume large amounts of fuel, Revability heard this concern and decided to find a solution. They introduced to the world the first Hybrid wheelchair accessible vehicle, the new Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Chassis, and it’s ready to lead the way in eco-friendly mobility transportation.  

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